"Preserving the Past for the Future"


(up to Memorial weekend 2017)

Call (515) 602-6000

Thanks Clarion for supporting Heartland Museum financially and by volunteering. Your financial contributions and your willingness to volunteer help us to keep Preserving the Past for the Future.

Heartland Museum will be hosting a "Thank You" party on May 19th from 5 -7 PM. This party is open to the public.

Come join us for appetizers, music and a silent auction.

Thanks to Our Donors! 

Legacy  $1,000 +
Bakewell Foundation
Caroline Lund
Murray & Valerie Wise
Dr. Sandra Sellers Hanson

Champion $500+
Warren & Julie Clausen
John & Barbara Hagie
Larry & Melanie Massdam
Maurice & Gladys Riley
Wright County Monitor
Bob Stevens
Advocate $250+ 
R.B. & Donna      Bartholomaus
Dewayne & Mary    Knoshaug
James & Diane Middleton
Dan & Lynne Odland
Margaret O'Neill
Tim & Jayne Pate
First Citizens National Bank
Suzanne Deimerly
Rose Marie Draheim
Town & Country Realty
In Memory of Steve Schutt
Patron $100+
Larry & Marilyn Anderson
Jim & Terri Avery
Dick & Shirley Berens
George & Sally Boyington
Morris Brandt
Randall Burt
Kim Clausen
Ruth Cline
Bill & Jane Dettman
James & TerriLynn Elsey
Alice Espe
Roger & Rickie Ewing
T&C Ins/First State Bank
Ardith Frohling
Kevin & Betty Hadley
Steve & Shirley Hill
Ann Hines
Tony & Renee Holmes
Rich & Barb Mussman
Vernon & Viola Ratclif
Thomas & Judith  Schroder
Scott & Deb Sebby
Susan Sebby
James & Joan Sellers
Frank & Ellen Siemens
Larry & Jan Taylor
Allen & Mary Tesdahl
Betty Lou Thompson
Karen Weld
Gary & Sally Woodley
Bud & Bonnie Young
Ron & Florine Swanson
Duane D. Asbe
Bob & JoAnne Olson
Ron & Linda Anderson
Ted & Linda Brigger
Roger & Nj Collier
Stewart & Vicki Iverson
Shirley & Yvonne Stevens
Prarie Energy
Marie Sheffield
Bud & Bonnie Young
In Memory of Joyce Sandmaier
Judy Kirstein
Troy & Elizabeth      Severson

(As of 23 March 2017)

Wish to Help with Future Projects?
Send your contribution to:

Heartland Museum  
PO Box 652
Clarion, IA 50525  

School Groups

April saw lots of students learning about Iowa History by visiting Heartland Museum.  School groups get an overview of Heartland through a scavenger hunt using their electronic devices.  Classes offer focused topics and hands on activities are enjoyed by all.

The naturalist explains the history of the area and brings furs to share.

Sonna Johnson portrays a prairie medicine woman and demonstrates plants used as medicine.  Students get to sample several.

Quilting was very common in most families.  Students had an opportunity to tie quilts.

Gail Hoepner brought an antique spinning wheel and students got to see the dying art of spinning.

Terry Hillpipre talked to students about old tools and how they were used.  While in the rest of the museum it is look with your eyes; in this setting they were invited to touch everything.

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 8th graders held their model UN at Heartland Museum.
It Takes An Iowan

IT TAKES AN IOWAN is an interactive display created by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area to draw awareness to Iowans as leaders in the ongoing endeavor of providing food, knowledge and agriculture opportunity to the nation and the world. Visitors will learn Iowans are not only leaders in agriculture, but also in education, technology, communications, legislation and transportation. The exhibit was created for the Iowa State Fair in 2015 and was ranked number 7 on the fair's "Top 11 at the Fair". The exhibit features interviews and commentary from Iowa farmers, educators, inventors and agriculture leaders including Iowa native and former US Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

Heartland Museum is a partner with Silos and Smokestacks in sharing the story of agriculture and is proud to share this quality exhibit beginning with Memorial Day weekend and continuing through the month of June. The display is included in the cost of admission.

Men's Shop

This store is a replica of the specialty shops of the Victorian time period. One could find things in this store that they would not find in a Dry Goods, Mercantile or General Store. 

The men's shop was the only one that was not painted beyond the primer when the Victorian Street was finished.  Sue Brigger painted the exterior so the details stand out. We love our volunteers!
Help needed

Heartland Museum is looking for an old 50's TV to include in the 40-50 display with the old radio. If you have one you or someone you know has one and would like to donate it, call Heartland at 515-602-6000.

Remember when:

Spring was a time for fresh cow, lots of milk and lots of mud. There was always the potential for the cow to get her foot in the milk pail.

How embarrassing it was for the kid who was last at the county eighth grade exams. How they felt, "I'm  the dumbest kid in the county."
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Upcoming events at Heartland Museum

May 19th - Thank Clarion!
           Museum Opening Party
           Open to the public
May 27th - Opening Day for the season

May 27th - June 30th
It Takes an Iowan
Interactive display at Heartland Museum

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Meeting Room Available!

Heartland Museum has a meeting room available for rent.  Groups like it for meetings, graduations, weddings, funerals, class reunions.  We have new handicap accessible bathrooms and tiled serving area.  Tables and chairs can be set up for your needs.